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Blog entries on '30 November 2005'

Wednesday 30 November 2005

Yaakov Shabtai

Duckworth, who I mentioned earlier today because, in January, they are releasing William T Vollmann's Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means, are also the publishers of Yaakov Shabtai. About Shabtai's Past Continuous Steven G. Kellman's said:

[T]hough her translation from Hebrew is otherwise supple and fluent, Dalya Bilu chose to divide the quick, dense mass of Shabtai’s original into discrete paragraphs and to introduce punctuation not present in Zikhron Devarim. The novel becomes more accessible, though at the cost of compromising Shabtai’s Heraclitean vision. Even so, Past Continuous is not an easy book to get into, though it is nearly impossible to get out of. Moving testimony to the fleetingness of all we encounter, it has earned an enduring place in contemporary Hebrew fiction.

(For all of Steven G. Kellman's review of Past Continuous.)

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Wednesday 30 November 2005

Book stuff on t'web

Some interesting book stuff on t'web:

  • Michael Wood on William T. Vollmann in the NYRB. (Vollmann's Rising Up and Rising Down is out, in the UK, in January from Duckworth)
  • Michael Dirda on Reiner Stach's Kafka: The Decisive Years (via Steve)
  • Widely linked to this - guest writers name their favourite books of the year at the Guardian
  • Historic recordings of poets such as Tennyson, Yeats, Kipling, Betjeman and Sassoon are being made available through a new online initiative
  • Left Hyperstition 1: The Fictions of Capital (via Jodi)
  • Form of Life reviews Agamben's The Time that Remains
  • MetaxuCafé

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